Ben Stroud is the recipient of a 2014 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council.  “Individual Excellence Awards are peer recognition of creative artists for the exceptional merit of a body of their work that advances or exemplifies the discipline and the larger artistic community. These awards support artists’ growth and development and recognize their work in Ohio and beyond.”

The Department of English Language and Literature is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Annual Shapiro Writing Contest. This contest is made possible by the generosity of Dr. Edward Shapiro, professor Emeritus in Economics, who retired from the University of Toledo in 1989 after 22 years of service. An undergraduate of UT, he went on to obtain an M.A. from Ohio State University and a Ph.D. from Harvard. The Department of English Language and Literature wishes to thank the Shapiro family for its continued support of this contest and the Shapiro Essay Revision Contest. This year’s contest had more submissions than ever before, and students competed in a dozen different categories. The top winners will be honored at a Gala Celebration on Friday, 25 April, 2014, from 6 to 8 pm at Libbey Hall. All English Department faculty are invited to attend.

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Prof. Emertitus Guy Szuberla recently published “LITTLE CAESAR: Tough Guys Don’t Dream,” in MIDWESTERN MISCELLANY, XLII (Spring 2014): 15-26.  This was one  of “a collection of essays on Midwestern Noir by members of The Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature.”
Prof. Melissa Gregory presented a paper entitled “Infanticide and the Dramatic Monologue: Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s ‘The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim’s Point,’” at the Midwest Victorian Studies Association in Ann Arbor April 11-13. The theme of the conference was “Victorian Violence.”
Poet and UT Alumnus Anthony Frame (BA and MA English) read from his poetry at the Canaday Center on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

He read some new work, but most was from A Generation of Insomniacs, published by Main Street Rag in 2014.  Here is an excerpt from “How to Write a Poem in Toledo, Ohio.”

Start with the churches, those brilliant buildings

standing at the center of every neighborhood.

Forget about the priests, except that geezer

who murdered the nun thirty years ago…

Read this very personal account of an important life lesson learned by UT English major Paris Black.  She says

How you spend your time in college is completely in your hands, so don’t waste your experience. A quote that got me through this past year is by James Orbinski. He said, “What I’ve experienced is that I can’t know the future. I can’t know anything that I do will change what happens tomorrow, I can’t know with certainty but what I do know is if I do nothing, nothing will change.”

The entire story can be read here: “Paris Black: From procrastination to graduation,” Independent Collegian (April 16, 2014).

Prof. Douglas Coleman presented “‘Deep’ Pockets in a Virtual World” at the 2014 Ohio University CALL Conference on computer-assisted language learning, April 11, Ohio University, Athens, OH.  He spoke on the theoretical importance of the realism added by certain virtual-world functions, such as an adventure-game-style “pocket.”

Ghada Itayem, graduate student in the MA in English – Concentration in ESL, presented “iPad in Language Acquisition: Students’ Perceptions” as part of a panel at the 6th Purdue University Graduate Student Symposium on Second Language Studies & English as a Second Language, April, 5, 2014.
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The University of Toledo Department of English hosted writer Chris Bachelder, author of Bear v. Shark, U.S.! and Abbot Awaits, Thursday, April 10, at 6 p.m. in Libbey Hall.  Read more in the UTNews article by Aimee Portala.
English Department MA student Terry Kindig presented “Repetition and Example: A Path to Proficiency in Writing” at the University of Toledo Graduate Student Association’s 5th Annual Midwest Graduate Research Symposium on March 29, 2014.

She has in fact been very active over this past academic year, also having presented at three other venues:

  • Annual Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters conference at Oakland University in Rochester,  Michigan held on February 28, 2014.  She was on a Language and Literature panel with the theme “Cross-Cultural Conflicts in 19th and 20th Century Literature.”  Her presentation was titled “Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Voice as a Slave.”
  • On November 7-10, 2013, she attended the 55th Annual Convention of the Midwest Modern Language Association in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to co-chair a panel of titled “Ekphrastic Representation in Film.”  Her own presentation was “Mimetic Ekphrasis in Ridley Scott’s ‘Prometheus.’”
  • On October 19, 2013, she presented at the 21st Century Englishes Conference hosted by BGSU –”Literacy Crises, Then and Now: The Multimodal, Multilingual Past, Present, and Future of English Studies.”  Kindig’s presentation was titled “Teaching English and Multiculturalism.”